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05 Jan 2005

Treadmill = sore knees!
I HOPE you can help me Doc... i am 21 yrs, BMI = 21 and go to gym +- 5 times per week. I do brisk walking on the treadmill (speed = 6.8 and NO incline) for about 50mins every day. the problem is my knees - they are so sore the next day. i've tried walking and putting the pressure on the back of my heels, in order to take pressure off my knees but it's difficult to make it a consious effort.
do you have any suggestions or tips?
i love the treadmill and since i've moved from the elliptical to treadmill i can feel and see the difference in my body shape - so i would LOVE to continue on the treadmill!!

Thank you!
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01 Jan 0001

HI Tee

It might be a very simple question of just reducing the amount you do for a short time, then building up very gradually again and getting back to the times you do now. So, you might want to train only 3 days a week on the treadmill, and only do 30 minutes of walking next week. the week after that, go up to 4 days a week, but stick with 30 minutes. the next week, you go up to 40 minutes a day, 4 days a week, and then perhaps you can make it to 5 days, 40 minutes. I think you get the picture. I just think that perhaps what has happened is that you have gone from start to 50 minutes slightly quickly and this has put a unique stress on the knee, which the body is not used to and so you get injured. Often, all it takes is to back off, and build up again, but more slowly.

However, I do have to point out that it may be something else, and if in a few weeks, the problem is not resolved, then I do suggest you see a doctor, because you need to be assessed and diagnosed, neither of which i can do for you on the forum.

Good luck
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